Directed by : Sreenivasan
Written by : Sreenivasan
Starring : Sreenivasan,
Release : 1998
Running time : 158 min.
Language : Malayalam
Vijayan, the village school master, believes that his degree in economics is sufficient for him to succeed in the various business ventures he undertakes. Taking long leaves of absence from work, he roams around with his various schemes, all of which turn out to be downright failures.
The movie opens with a light portrayal of the misery of his wife Shyamala, and their two daughters, with Vijayan away on his latest venture - an attempt to shoot a short ad film. It ends, predictably, with Vijayan taking to his heels, when it is apparent that he has never seen a film being shot in his life before. Karunan Mash, Vijayan's father, as a last resort to reform his son, suggests that Vijayan make the annual pilgrimage to the Hindu hilltop temple Sabarimala. Despite his initial protests, Vijayan makes his pilgrimage, undertaking the customary forty one-day fasting and abstinence.
Sabarimala changes him, and upon his return from his pilgrimage, his family discovers to their dismay that matters have swung to the other extreme. Vijayan takes faith to his heart, embraces vegetarianism and adopts a life of prayer, frugality and abstinence, eventually forsaking his debt-ridden family for a life at an ashram. His version of ashram life is one of round-the-clock prayer and an escape from daily responsibilities and work - which doesn't go well the other inmates. He soon finds himself unwelcome there, and returns to his home, to discover his family now reasonably well-off from a small business his wife started soon after he left.
This was Sreenivasan's second directorial effort and won critical and commercial success and further established his position in Malayalam Cinema as a gifted comedian and screenwriter. The film won the Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value for 1998.
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